This weekend Marvel and Capcom announced the fourth proper entry in the long-running Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. The debut teaser saw the returns of familiar faces like Iron Man and Ryu, while also introducing Mega Man X and Captain Marvel into the fighting franchise for the first time. Now, a new gameplay trailer has arrived, giving us a better idea of what to expect from each of these characters when the fighting starts. Oh, and it looks like Captain America and Morrigan are along for the ride again too.

It's still too early to say just how Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will play, though the game clearly shares some similarities with Marvel Super Heroes and Street Fighter X Tekken. The two-person teams is a bit of a relief to me as a more casual player, as it means I won't have to fully learn all the ins and outs of three different characters and combinations to get the most out of any given match. Working on learning two characters completely is a whole lot easier.

That said, the inclusion of Infinity Gems does make the strategizing that much more important. Each of the gems offers something different, and as you can see in the gameplay above the power gem gives a substantial boost to attacks, while the time gem gives the user an incredible burst of speed. It's not clear how gems are obtained, nor is it clear on how you'll be allowed to choose them once you have one in your possession, but they will certainly break the familiar mold we've grown accustomed to in the MvC series.

Seeing Captain America return with this trademark moves like the Charging Star is a good sign for me. I loved playing as Cap in the older games, and I'm glad I probably won't have to relearn too many of his combos in this new title. Morrigan looks like she'll be as much of a handful to deal with as she was in MvC 3. Honestly though, it's all about Captain Marvel and those sweet super animations. I love when her helmet materializes and she goes nuclear.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will be out in late 2017 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


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